Academic standing summary:
- Good Standing: Cumulative and major GPA is 2.0 or above.
- Academic Warning: Any student whose term GPA is below a 2.0.
- Academic Probation: Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0
- Re-admit Probation: Returning students who have a cumulative GPA below 2.0
- Continued Probation: Second semester probation students whose GPA remains below 2.0 but have shown improvement by raising their cumulative GPA or achieve a term GPA of 2.0 or above.
- Academic Suspension: Any student who has failed to improve cumulative GPA or who has not achieve a term GPA of 2.0 or above after one semester on Academic Probation.
- Academic Dismissal: Any student who has failed to improve cumulative GPA after returning from Academic suspension and has put little to no effort in achieving academic goals will face academic dismissal from the University.
Students on academic warning are in danger of meeting academic requirements because their term GPA is below a 2.0. These students may need additional support and will meet with a recovery advisor during the semester to ensure that they are utilizing academic resources as needed. Advisor will monitor students’ progress throughout the semester. Students on academic warning will be suggested, by recovery advisor, to participate in academic activities to improve their grades. This includes, but is not limited to, tutoring, writing assistance, workshops, career development, and counseling. Any student who demonstrates academic progress by obtaining a term GPA of 2.0 or above will no longer be on academic warning.
Students on academic probation have a cumulative GPA below a 2.0. Traditional students on academic probation are required to meet with their recovery advisor at the beginning of semester for an initial meeting where they will review academic policies and develop a strategic academic plan for success. Specialized cohorts such as: adult students will meet with the Academic Recovery advisor for an individualized plan. In the academic recovery program, students will meet with advisor consistently throughout the semester to ensure that student is not having academic difficulty. Students will also meet with their advisor before finals to ensure the proper final exam preparation. While on academic probation, students may not take more than a 12-13 credit course load. Adult undergraduate students may not register for more than 6 credits (or two courses) while on academic probation. Students are required to participate in activities suggested by their recovery advisor, including: tutoring and career development. Students on probation are ineligible to participate in athletic sports and may be prohibited to engage in campus activities and organizations. Student athletes can submit an appeal in order to play sports the semester on academic probation; however, they will still be required to meet the guidelines of the academic recovery program.
Once a student’s overall GPA is at or above a 2.0, the student will be in good academic standing and thus, will no longer be on academic probation.
If a student’s GPA does not reach good standing status by the end of the first probationary term, they must demonstrate academic improvement by achieving a term GPA of 2.0 or above or raise cumulative GPA in order to be on continued probation. Students on continued probation will follow the same structure and guidelines until they are in good academic standing. Students who do not show academic improvement after one semester on continued probation will face academic suspension.
Students who were suspended from the university and have been re-admitted to complete their degree, are to follow the same probation requirements. Students in this group will receive specific attention when working with their recovery advisor. They will meet consistently with their recovery advisor throughout the semester and develop a strategic academic success plan to improve their GPA.
Students who do not show improvement to their cumulative GPA or do not obtain a term GPA of 2.0 or above while on academic probation will face suspension. Students who are suspended will be required to take 1-2 semesters of administrative leave from the university. Academic suspension time will be based on a case by case basis and many factors, such as attendance and effort in the academic recovery program, will be taken into consideration when making the decision of academic suspension.
Students have the right to appeal their suspension and will be required to fill out the appeal form addressed to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). Upon their return, students will have a re-admitted probation status and work closely with the recovery advisor to develop an academic action plan for success. Any student who has an appeal approved will remain on continued probation and work towards improving their cumulative GPA. If a student’s cumulative GPA decreases instead of improving and the student does not obtain a term GPA of 2.0 or above; they will face suspension or dismissal.
Students who return from academic suspension and are given the opportunity to raise GPA but have failed to do so will face academic dismissal. Academic Dismissal is the final status at Caldwell University in which students are not allowed to return to finish their degree within 2-5 years. After 2-5 years, the student can re-apply to the university and be re-admitted on probationary status and work closely with the recovery advisor to develop an action plan for success.